Rolls Royce at the Midland

January 26th, 2012

To commemorate the historic meeting of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce at the Midland hotel in Manchester, which led to the formation of Rolls Royce, the Midland Hotel hosted a lunch today. Guests included members of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club and representatives from Rolls-Royce who presented the Midland’s resident manager Paul Bayliss with a painting to recognise the event. I was commissioned by the Midland Hotel to cover the proceeding and here are a few selected images from the days proceedings.

headshots for singers & artistes

November 21st, 2011

These are some recent shots that I was commissioned to take of opera singer Bradley. He booked one of my deluxe adult headshot packages. These packages are designed to give the sitter sufficient time to get shots for their professional requirements. Sessions take half a day and the time is combined between the studio and locations nearby.

We set out to use the location time to get some contemporary headshots. I used natural light and a shallow depth of field for these shots, which allowed me to give a nice blur to the background and to draw attention to the subject. For the studio shots we wanted to make it look as though Bradley was on stage. For these shots I used a single profoto beauty dish up high with a grid. This gives a very focused beam not unlike a spotlight on stage. Detail was filled in with a reflector and the whole studio was kept dark. If you are a singer, musician or artiste and are interested in my headshots packages please follow the link to get more information on packages and pricing or get in touch.

manchester portrait photographs

September 17th, 2010

A few selected photos from a recent portrait and headshot session for Nick in Ancoats and Castlefield in Manchester. Thanks for your patience Nick and sorry about having to push the car! Interestingly it has now fixed itself and no fault can be found! All of the portrait photographs were taken on a Nikon D700 with a Nikon 85mm f1.4 AF-D. Thanks to Manchester’s fabulous soft diffused light (ie wet and overcast!) no external lights were used just the available light and open shade. Comments are always welcome.

manchester city centre portraits

May 8th, 2010

Here are some shots from my recent city centre Manchester portrait photography shoot with Jaki. All photos were taken in an around Manchester city centre, using natural light and available backdrops. The difficulty I find when you get a lot a good shots is how to choose the ones you like! This is just a small sample of the photos from the set, hopefully chosen to be representative. I am particularly pleased with the backdrops which were available. I like the way shooting wide open on my 85mm f1.4 turns the background into abstract shapes, isolating the subject. I am also pleased with how the background and her clothes compliment each other so well in some of the shots.

If you want to look at some more of my portrait work feel free to browse the gallery on my website, and to find out more information about what is involved click here.